The group OK Go performed at the opening of my university’s academic year back in late August and the lead singer said that they had just returned from Japan. It looks like they spent some time while there creating the video to accompany the release of their new single I won’t let you down. The group has developed a reputation for creating highly choreographed complex videos that are done in a single take and the new one follows that pattern, with a lot of people engaged in high-precision maneuvers on nifty little motorized unicycles that I had not seen before, though they seem like they are way cooler than the Segway.
What I was curious about was how they did the single tracking shot that started from indoors, went to high above and looking directly down, went down to ground level again, and ended up going high again, especially the last bit when it goes high into the sky and above the clouds.
The precision and overall slickness of the video is pretty impressive. The catch is that I got so absorbed with the visuals that I had no recollection of the song until I had seen it several times.
Update: Here’s more on the video and the unicycles which are called the UNI-CUB and is made by Honda.